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Bennie Pollard has spent his entire adult life working his butt off. He found his calling early on, set his goals, and went to work! 

After a very challenging childhood, Pollard followed in his mother’s and aunt’s footsteps who were both hairdressers. Pollard started cosmetology school in the early 1980s. He went on to open his own salon in 1992, and by the early 2000s he added “manufacturer" to his resume. Motivated by some of the world’s most influential speakers, Pollard began to make plans to expand his mark on the beauty industry. In 2013 he opened Cool Beauty Consulting, a hair care distribution house with heavy focus on education and training.

As a professional speaker, Pollard inspires, motivates, and teaches throughout the nation. 

Pollard shares his trials, tribulations, and victories in order to help others in the small business arena, which led to the creation of this book, Small Business for the Rest of Us: One Dude’s Journey. Pollard’s story will guide you through the highs and lows of business ownership, and remind you that no matter where you come from or what your background may be, you too can rock ’n’ roll.

meet bennie

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Salon Owner

nova salon

Never quite finding the leadership he needed at other salon's, Bennie struck out on his own in 1992 to start his own salon. Today NOVA Salon is the talk-of-the-town, featured in top magazines such as Glamour, Modern Salon and American Salon. 6-time finalist and 2-time winner in the North American Hair Styling Awards, Bennie Pollard and his team of talented stylists provide custom, top-notch hair design.



In 2003, Bennie produced his first product line for BennieFactor with his wife Maria. Designed for the artist to create and the client to recreate, BennieFactor is a line of performance-driven shampoos, conditioners, styling and finishing hair products that promote inner beauty as well as outer beauty. Sophisticated and elegant, each product features positive power names such as b MORE®, b STRONG®, and b CONFIDENT®.

Speaker & Educator

Cool Beauty Consulting

After realizing the importance of educating salon owners and hairdressers in best business practices, Bennie started Cool Beauty Consulting. With over 75 years of combined experience in salon business ownership, management, distribution, manufacturing, and hairdressing; they take a fresh approach to independent salon distribution provides salon owners with a personalized plan to achieve their career dreams.